Rededicates Hamilton World War II Era Memorial on Eve of
Veterans Day Along with Local Neighborhood Veterans
It was 69 years ago when a group of residents from the Homedell and Russell
Terrace areas of Hamilton started a project to create a memorial for the
neighborhood men and women who had served in the United States Armed Forces.
efforts reported on by a Trenton evening newspaper at the time highlighted that
the idea predated well-known World War II events, like the bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
the course of seven decades, the memorial, which sits on a triangular parcel of
land where Hutchinson, East Franklin and Bergen Streets intersect, has remained
as a permanent reminder of the community’s gratitude for the service of its
Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede, surrounded by neighborhood veterans and
residents, as well as members of the Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee,
officially rededicated the memorial site, following a restoration project that
was completed by Hamilton’s Department of Public Works.
“Our veterans have fought and
sacrificed – some making the ultimate sacrifice – for us to be able to enjoy
freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the greatest country in the
world; and by restoring this monument that residents, some seventy years ago,
embarked upon to illustrate their gratitude for their fellow neighbors who
served in the United States Armed Forces, today we show that the citizens of
Hamilton Township continue to be grateful for our veterans’ service and will
never forget their sacrifices for us all,” says Hamilton Township Mayor
part of the project, Township crews rebuilt the concrete monument at this
location to maintain the dignity and to preserve the reverence of the original
memorial, as well as undertook efforts to beautify the landscaping surrounding
the memorial. Hamilton’s Housing and
Urban Development Office provided financial assistance for the project; and the
Hamilton Township Patriotic Committee provided input to Hamilton’s Department
of Public Works.